CALL FAMILY PAPERS (continued) - Box: 5 Folder: 19 Item: 1

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  • CALL FAMILY PAPERS (continued)

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  • Miscellaneous writings, Ellen Call Long, August 16, 1853, 7 pp., ''a letter containing advice for your future guidance and reference,'' to her son Richard Call Long (born 1846): ''Remember you have a name which at least you must leave untarnished. . . elevate it in worldly position and raise it one step higher on the ladder of fame do not leave it to sink into obscurity. . . Rely on yourself. Be sure you are right then go ahead. . . Dismiss from your vocabulary any such word as can't. . . Do not be annoyed by such paltry ambitions as to cut a figure in society, the meaning of which is driving fast horses, drinking wine, fine dressing and an idle waste of time, which only makes of you a fashionable fool. . . Your Father and myself are plodding along in an every day sort of way. My time is principally devoted to my children . . . Your Father is now a member of the State Senate, and as a politician stands well, as a lawyer, he is eminent in the state . . . When I commenced this family picture my dear son, we numbered three beloved children, but alas, four days since, grim visaged Death stole away our baby, your sister Ellen Douglass . . . Our little darling was just twenty months old. . . You were seven years old in May last, well grown and advanced for your age. . . You seem to have energy, but at the same time lack the resolution to persevere in the accomplishment of an object, too ready for a change, for new things. This you must improve upon or you will prove a failure. . . One of your great peculiarities . . . is your fondness for the marvellous or romancing. . . your talent for story telling. But your Father and myself did not encourage this propensity of yours, for we forsaw what might in a child be only the indulgence of too much imagination, would in a man develop itself to be a deficiency of a love of truth . . . We were very rigid in cross examining you in all your narratives, and now I am pleased to say at seven years of age I believe you know a lie from the truth, and hope in time you will feel as much contempt for the one as love for the other . . . Your sister Mary Louisa, whom we call Mina alone remains to be mentioned. She was four years old the 14th of this month . . . You possess much influence with her, which I hope you will always exercise judiciously, and if I should pass away before she is provided for in life, take care of her my son. . .'' Last three pages narrate the attack on Fort Mims beginning the Creek War and Richard K. Call's first meeting with Andrew Jackson at the age of 18 as he and a group of classmates from Mt. Pleasant Academy marched to join the fighting. It is unclear if this is part of the ''advice'' letter or a separate document.